articles by tag: shopping

how to: shop like a personal stylist

How many times have you gone shopping and spent all day searching for an outfit or a few decent things to add to your work wardrobe and walked away with nothing?  Or ended up buying something because it was either on sale or you thought it could work with what you had in your closet, [...]

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how to shop internationally

Let’s face it. If you live outside of the US, chances are slim you’ll find any online stores that are based in your country.  Even in Canada, their chicest department store Holt-Renfrew doesn’t have an online store. So, what’s a fashionable gal to do? Cross her fingers that an online retailer ships to her? If [...]

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the end of summer

Here in the US, the first Monday of September is a national holiday called Labor Day.  Inspired by the Canadians (thanks friends!) the US started celebrating labor movements on this day.  Now, it’s mostly a symbolic end to Summer and to silly fashion rules such as ‘don’t wear white after Labor Day.” In any case, [...]

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what to wear: couture for a cause

Adrian Grenier called and wants you on his arm at this month’s premier? Invited to the Kennedy compound this weekend and haven’t a thing to wear? Or maybe just crave a one-of-a-kind accessory that will give your wardrobe a fashion pop. Joy Venturini Bianchi, San Francisco’s favorite style icon, is here to help. Helpers House [...]

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in the dressing room

A while back when I was with one of my client’s shopping, we had the pleasure of overhearing a woman in the dressing room next to us. She was not happy. The sales clerk was assisting her in finding some pants and brought various styles for her to try. Anything that was over a size [...]

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how to wear: the wrap of all wraps

In 2003, DKNY launched the mother of all sweater wraps: the Cozy.   I’ve had tons of fun introducing my clients to this piece because there were 20 ways to wear it that made it super multi-functional.  Plus, it came with a little instruction booklet and the colors were yummy. Apparently women across the country fell [...]

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six shopping secrets

Creating your perfect look can be simple if you know the secrets to making smart choices. Avoid shopping trauma altogether with these six tips: 1. Fit Is Queen. They call it “Ready to Wear” clothing, but we all know that this phrase is not to be taken literally! A trip to the tailor may be [...]

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